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Keane Names Fortune As Toughest Opponent

  • July 5, 2024
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Keane Names Fortune As Toughest Opponent

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has surprisingly named ex-South African winger Quinton Fortune as the toughest player he ever faced in training.

Keane, known for his uncompromising style as a pundit today, overlapped with Fortune at United between 2002 and 2006. Fortune arrived at Old Trafford in 2002 from Atletico Madrid in Spain.

During his time with the Red Devils, Fortune collected three Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, and a Community Shield.

Keane, who had joined United in the 1993/94 season, had already amassed an impressive trophy cabinet before Fortune’s arrival: seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups, five Community Shields, and the UEFA Champions League. Both players left the club in 2006.

Despite Keane’s decorated career, it was Fortune who posed the biggest challenge in training according to him. “Do you know who was tough against at United in training? Quinton Fortune,” Keane revealed on the “Stick to Football” podcast with Ian Wright, Gary Neville, and Jill Scott.

“[He was] strong. In one-on-one situations, he was so difficult to handle. A top lad, but definitely the toughest opponent I faced in training.”

Following his departure from United in 2006, Fortune went on to play for Bolton Wanderers, Brescia, and Doncaster Rovers.

On the international stage, he represented South Africa 53 times, scoring twice. One of those goals came in a memorable 2-2 draw against Paraguay at the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. Fortune was also part of the Bafana Bafana squad that reached the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations final in Burkina Faso, where they lost to Egypt.

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